Kenya’s Primary Health Care Services Receive a $191.1 Million Boost


Local Quality of primary healthcare is expected to improve following world banks approval of  $191.1 million dollars in bid to reduce maternal deaths and improve child survival.

Ultimately, the program will help save on health costs, increase labor force participation, and also contribute to higher productivity.

The new Transforming Health Systems for Universal Care project intends to reach the poorest and most needy population who hardly use hospital services because they can neither afford or cannot access them.

“We would like to see more pregnant mothers deliver their babies in a health facility and attended to by skilled health workers” said Diarietou Gaye, World Bank Country Director for Kenya.

The project will focus on three areas: improving access to and demand for quality PHC services, strengthening institutional capacity to improve utilization and quality of PHC services, and supporting cross-county and intergovernmental collaboration in the devolved health system.

In close collaboration with other development partners, the project seeks to enhance coordinated support in pursuit of shared objectives of improving reproductive, maternal, newborn child and adolescent health. It will provide support to all the 47 counties to address critical gaps not currently funded by domestic or external funding and to build institutional capacity.

A number of mechanisms will be used to identify and address inequity in each county.  Of the 191.1 million dollars $150 million will be financed by an International Development Agency (IDA)* credit, a $40 million grant from the Multi-donor Trust Fund for the Global Financing Facility** and $1.1 million grant from the Government of Japan’s Policy and Human Resources .


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